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Dictionary Definition



1 half of the terrestrial globe
2 half of a sphere
3 either half of the cerebrum [syn: cerebral hemisphere]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • (RP): /ˈhɛmɪsfɪə/, /"hEmIsfI@/
  • (US): , /ˈhɛmɪsfɪər/, /"hEmIsfI@`/


From hemisphærium < (hēmisphairion) < (hēmi-) "half" and (sphaira) "sphere"


  1. A half-sphere, formed by a plane intersecting the center of a sphere.
  2. Half of the Earth, the Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, Western Hemisphere or Eastern Hemisphere.
  3. Either of the two halves of the cerebrum.



half of the Earth
lobe of cerebrum

Extensive Definition

Hemisphere (from Ancient Greek ἡμισφαίριον - hēmisphairion "half of a sphere") may refer to:
As half of the brain:
hemisphere in Asturian: Hemisferiu
hemisphere in Catalan: Hemisferi
hemisphere in Danish: Hemisfære
hemisphere in German: Hemisphäre
hemisphere in Spanish: Hemisferio
hemisphere in Esperanto: Hemisfero
hemisphere in Basque: Hemisferio
hemisphere in French: Hémisphère
hemisphere in Western Frisian: Healrûn
hemisphere in Galician: Hemisferio
hemisphere in Korean: 반구
hemisphere in Italian: Emisfero
hemisphere in Latvian: Puslode
hemisphere in Dutch: Halfrond
hemisphere in Japanese: 半球
hemisphere in Polish: Półkula
hemisphere in Portuguese: Hemisfério
hemisphere in Romanian: Emisferă (dezambiguizare)
hemisphere in Russian: Полушарие
hemisphere in Simple English: Hemisphere
hemisphere in Slovenian: Polobla
hemisphere in Swedish: Hemisfär
hemisphere in Chinese: 半球

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